Fire On The Horizon: The Untold Story Of The Gulf Oil Disaster
A real-life thriller in the tradition of The Perfect Storm
In the spring of 2010 the world watched for weeks as more than 200 million gallons of crude oil billowed from a hole three miles deep in the Gulf of Mexico. Warnings of various and imminent environmental consequences dominated the news. Deepwater drilling—largely ignored or misunderstood to that point—exploded...more
Fire on the Horizon is an awesome journey following the birth, and eventual death, of the oil rig Deepwate ...more
It's about 2 years since everyone was glued to their TV's watching ROV's try and plug a hole in the bottom of the sea. Since then, numerous books have been published chronicling the explosion and the spill. Here are just a few writups of the multitude of books:
9 Books - LA Times
Publishers have no shortage of books - NY Times
In Book Form - MoJo
Each book focuses on a slightly different aspect of the disaster. After reading a ...more
This story, like the other nonfiction book I've read this year, was super dedicated to sharing every detail, even when the details ...more
I have watched the film Deepwater Horizon and I have watched the 60 minutes interview (2010:Blowout:The Deepwater Horizon Disaster) with Mike Williams (plus other shorter interviews ...more
Konrad, an oil rig captain, worked for Transocean, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon, and knew many of the people who worked on Horizon. His blog, gCaptain.com, was an immediate source of inform ...more
I was drawn to the book with the voyeuristic intention of reading an insider's account of the gulf oil disaster, but came away with so much more. Konrad and Shroder have a unique ability to explain complex technical information in a way that is not only understandable ...more
The writing style is what I appreciated most about this book, as it was laid out like a narrative-driven story rather than being ...more
I was expecting a book that started and stopped when the movie did, but I was pleasantly surprised that nearly the first half of the book was spent setting up all of the failures that ultimately led to the disaster.
Sadly, a lot of the detailed research and explanation as to how the rig functioned was over my ...more
1) While the book has a photographic insert, most of the photos are crew pictures, or shots of the rig on fire. This was a book that desperately cried out for frequent illustrations to clarify some of the activities being described in the text. The author makes a good effort, but some of well construction operations just aren't clearly conveyed in description, making it hard to understand what's happening.
2) While the title of t ...more
Konrad and Shroder have narrated this event through the seamen and their families who both love the work and the sea and deal with the harsh realities of the dangers.
The ensuing environmental calamity is still with us a decade later.
Deeply researched a ...more
This book hit a heart string with me. Being from Louisiana and many high school and college friends worked as roughnecks summers and between school. Glad I read it.
The combined experience and insights of authors Captain John Konrad and Tom Shroder make it a compelling read.
The complete book review can be found here: https://www.parani.org/index.php?opti... ...more
Spoiler alert, this is not like typical disaster books that I enjoy reading and gaining more knowledge about. The oil rig doesn't explode til near the end of the book and there is very little talk about the cover up, BPs response, cleanup, repercussions, etc. It gets bogged down in the middle talking about the various parts of the oil rig that were confusing and ultimately unnecessary. ...more
The print edition was not available, so I read the Kindle version. Unfortunately that made the book’s illustrations near impossible to see well (not the authors’ fault!). The Internet filled in that gap for me.
It was very readable, and was a very thorough start-to-finish account, starting with the building of the Horizon rig in Korea, and continuing up through the explosions and rescue of the survivors. The epilogue finishes off the biographies of a few of the main characters in the book.
The end of the book ...more
I would have enjoyed a few extra chapters on the cleanup and an insiders view on the learnings from the disaster.
If I may attempt to summarise the last topic. Disaster doesn't strike because people get the complic ...more
John Konrad is the author of Fire on the Horizon The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster, which chronicles the initial construction, crewmembers' existence, and eventual disaster aboard th ...more